Pornography and sexual aggression: Are there reliable effects and can we understand them?

Neil M. Malamuth, Tamara Addison, Mary Koss

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Abstract

In response to some recent critiques, we (a) analyze the arguments and data presented in those commentaries, (b) integrate the findings of several meta-analytic summaries of experimental and naturalistic research, and (c) conduct statistical analyses on a large representative sample. All three steps support the existence of reliable associations between frequent pornography use and sexually aggressive behaviors, particularly for violent pornography and/or for men at high risk for sexual aggression. We suggest that the way relatively aggressive men interpret and react to the same pornography may differ from that of nonaggressive men, a perspective that helps integrate the current analyses with studies comparing rapists and nonrapists as well as with cross-cultural research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-91
Number of pages66
JournalAnnual Review of Sex Research
Volume11
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Mass media
  • Pornography
  • Rape
  • Sexual aggression
  • Sexually explicit media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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